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Essential Checklist for Your Hospital Baby Bag

Essential Checklist for Your Hospital Baby Bag

As you prepare for the arrival of your baby, packing your hospital nappy bag is a big milestone that signals that you’re about to meet your newest family member! It's about more than just items; it's about preparing for those first, unforgettable moments with your newborn. 

At Designer Bums, we understand the importance of this preparation and share your commitment to eco-friendly and sustainable choices. With fourteen years of experience, we've supported families across Australia by providing reusable cloth nappies and eco-conscious baby products that blend style with sustainability. 

Now that you’re getting ready for the hospital, let's focus on what you'll need to make your stay comfortable and convenient, ensuring you have everything for those precious first days.

What to Pack for a Mother and Baby in a Hospital Nappy Bag

Preparing your hospital bag is a mix of practicality and personal touch. To ensure you don’t miss a thing, we've categorised the must-haves into three groups: items for your baby's care, essentials for mum, and general use items that will make your hospital stay more comfortable and organised.

For the Baby

  • Newborn Nappies. A stock of soft, absorbent nappies is a must. Opt for eco-friendly options like Designer Bums' Newborn Nappies, known for their gentle touch on baby's skin and adorable designs.
  • Wet Bags. Essential for storing used nappies or soiled clothes. Designer Bums Wet Bags offer waterproof lining and odour control, keeping everything else in your bag fresh and clean.
  • Change Mats. Portable and hygienic, a good change mat is invaluable. Choose one that's easy to clean and carry, like Designer Bums Change Mats, to make diaper changes smooth and stress-free anywhere.
  • Baby Wipes. Opt for unscented and alcohol-free Designer Bums Reusable Cloth Wipes to gently clean your baby's delicate skin. These can be used both as nappy wipes or as soft face washers.
  • A Set of Clothes. Pack a few changes of clothes for your newborn, considering easy-to-wear onesies and sleepers.

For the Mother

  • Cloth Pads. Consider bringing Designer Bums Cloth Pads for post-birth bleeding. They offer comfort, leak protection, and an eco-friendly alternative to disposables.
  • Nursing Bras. Comfortable, supportive nursing bras or tops for breastfeeding ease.
  • Nursing Pads. For tender, sore breastfeeding breasts, get some Designer Bums Breast Pads. They are non-stick, breathable and gentle on your skin.
  • Toiletries. Don't forget your personal care items, focusing on those that make you feel refreshed and cared for.
  • Snacks and Water Bottle. Keep your energy up and stay hydrated with healthy snacks and a reusable water bottle.

General Use

  • Swaddle. Versatile, soft, and made with organic materials, Designer Bums Swaddles can be blankets, nursing covers, or a snug wrap for your baby. The beautiful designs make these a perfect ‘announcement’ wrap.
  • Backpack. Functional and stylish, Designer Bums Backpacks will keep your essentials organised and accessible. Use it as your hospital bag before it becomes your day to day baby bag.
  • Charger. For your phone or other devices, so you can capture those first moments and stay connected.
  • Announcement plaque. Don’t forget an announcement plaque to take a photo of with your baby and announce their arrival.

Hospital Bag Essentials from Designer Bums

Designer Bums Newborn Nappies 

Welcoming a newborn into your home is a life-changing moment for many parents. Designer Bums' Newborn Nappies are here to ensure your little one stays comfortable and dry from their very first days. Specifically designed for premature and newborn babies weighing between 1.5 to 5 kg, these nappies offer:

  • Gentle Fit. With 2 rise settings, adjust the nappy as your baby grows, ensuring a snug fit at every stage.
  • Umbilical Cord Comfort. A special snap allows the nappy to be folded down below the umbilical cord, offering comfort during the early days.
  • Custom Absorbency. Each nappy includes a tri-layer snake insert, made from high-quality bamboo and cotton fibres. The insert snaps in and can be folded for targeted absorbency.
  • Moisture-Wicking. The insert is topped with a vegan suede lining that draws moisture away from your baby's skin to keep them dry and comfortable.
  • Leak Protection. A PUL outer layer prevents leaks and eliminates the need for additional covers, while an elasticated containment panel offers extra protection.
  • Unique Designs. Adorned with hand-illustrated designs, each nappy brings style to your newborn’s wardrobe.

Save more when you buy Designer Bums Newborn Nappies in bulk. Discounts are auto-applied at checkout: 6+ Nappies = 10% OFF | 12+ Nappies = 15% OFF | 18+ Nappies = 20% OFF | 24+ Nappies = 25% OFF.

Designer Bums Wet Bags

When packing your hospital nappy bag, Designer Bums Wet Bags become a staple for managing all the surprises that come with childbirth and early days with your newborn and beyond. These stylish, reusable, water resistant bags are ingeniously designed for parents at whatever stage of their journey. Here’s why they’re a must-have: 

  • Multi-Use Straps. The adjustable straps offer flexibility; hang it on a hospital bed, chair, or anywhere within reach for easy access to essentials.
  • Spacious Design. With dimensions of 40 cm x 45 cm and a wide bottom gusset, our wet bags fit 6-8+ nappies, ensuring you have enough supplies for your hospital stay.
  • Dual Compartments. Featuring two compartments with metal zip closures, you can easily separate clean items from soiled ones, keeping your hospital space tidy.
  • Durable and Safe. Constructed with reinforced, water-resistant PUL outer, these bags are free from harmful toxins. The robust design guarantees the containment of moisture and odours, ensuring a clean and hygienic environment in your hospital room.

Designer Bums Change Mats

Whether you’re changing them in the hospital, on the way home or any time during their nappy years, Designer Bums has the perfect solution to ensure cleanliness, comfort, and ease. Our Change Mats are not just for change rooms; they are designed for on the go, to keep your baby clean and comfortable:

  • Water-Resistant PUL Backing. These mats are built to protect against any spills or accidents, keeping the changing area dry and clean.
  • Luxury Bamboo Velour Top Layer. Offers a silky-soft landing for your baby, ensuring they remain comfortable, safe, and protected from any harsh hospital surfaces, whether they're too hot or too cold.
  • Easy Maintenance. The combination of black bamboo and PUL is not only stylish but incredibly practical, making the mats a breeze to clean and maintain. After use, they roll up compactly and snap shut with a handy handle, making them easy to tuck into your hospital nappy bag, store in a glove compartment, or hang on a pram.
  • Generous Size. Each mat measures 80 cm x 45 cm, offering ample space for changing without compromising on portability.

Designer Bums Reusable Cloth Pads

Designer Bums isn't just about making eco-friendly choices for babies; we extend our sustainable ethos to new mothers too. In the first days of post-partum, comfort, and convenience are paramount, and our Reusable Cloth Pads are designed with this in mind, making them a must-have for your hospital nappy bag and post-partum journey:

  • Low-Tox Comfort. Our reusable cloth pads offer the best in comfort and support during post-partum recovery. Made from water-resistant, breathable, and washable PUL, they provide a low-tox option that's gentle on your skin and beneficial for optimal feminine health.
  • Eco-Friendly and Cost-Effective. Transitioning to reusable cloth pads isn't just an environmentally responsible choice; it's also budget-friendly. By opting for washable pads, you're contributing to a sustainable future while ensuring that your post-partum experience is as comfortable and hassle-free as possible.
  • Size Options for Every Need. Understanding that post-partum bleeding varies, we've designed our pads in four handy sizes to cater to all needs and absorbency levels. For post-partum care, we specifically recommend:
    • Heavy Flow. With 4 layers of organic cotton absorbency, measuring 33 cm in length and 25 cm wing to wing.
    • Ultra Heavy Flow / Post-Partum. Featuring 5 layers of organic cotton absorbency, with a length of 37 cm and width of 27 cm wing to wing, designed to offer extra protection and peace of mind during this sensitive time.

Designer Bums Swaddles

Swaddling your baby not only keeps them warm, but provides them a womb-like feeling of security after birth. Here's why our Designer Bums Swaddles are a must-have in your hospital nappy bag:

  • Multifunctional Use. Our swaddles go beyond just wrapping your baby snugly. They serve a variety of purposes: from a gentle wrap for snuggling, to a discreet breastfeeding cover, a lightweight blanket for cosy warmth, a soft change mat in a pinch, a protective stroller cover during walks, or even as an emergency burp cloth. The versatility of our swaddles means one less thing to pack and worry about.
  • Breathable and Comforting. Made from ultra-soft muslin, our swaddles are designed with your baby’s comfort in mind. The lightweight, breathable muslin helps regulate your baby’s body temperature, ensuring they remain comfortable and soothed, whether they’re wrapped up or lying on it.
  • Generously Sized for Convenience. Each of our luxury swaddle blankets measures an expansive 120cm x 120cm, providing ample fabric to securely swaddle your baby, use as a cover, or lay down as a change mat. This generous size means our swaddles grow with your baby, ensuring you get prolonged use out of every swaddle.

Prepare for Parenthood with Designer Bums

As you get ready for the birth of your child, hospital bag organisation is more than just packing; it's about giving yourself one less thing to worry about. By choosing eco-friendly, high-quality products from Designer Bums, you're not only making a choice that benefits the environment but also selecting practical, stylish solutions that meet the needs of both you and your baby during this beautiful time. Our range of newborn nappies, wet bags, change mats, and other essentials are designed with the utmost care to ensure comfort, convenience, and sustainability.

We invite new and expecting parents to embrace the Designer Bums difference, where style meets sustainability. Let us accompany you on this exciting journey with products that are not just beautiful and practical but also kind to our planet.

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